Former northeastern Ky. teacher sentenced 2 years for sexual relationship with student


CATLETTSBURG, Ky. (KT) - A former northeastern Kentucky high school teacher and coach accused of having a sexual relationship with a student received a two-year jail sentence, authorities said.

Boyd's Commonwealth Attorney Rhonda Copley said Michael Sammons, 53, of South Shore, previously pleaded guilty to one count of prohibited use of an electronic communications system to procure a minor. The sentence was handed out on Friday by Circuit Judge George W. Davis III.

"He does have some credit for time served and some home incarceration," Copley said told The Daily Independent in Ashland.

Copley said Sammons will also have to register with authorities after his release. He also voluntarily surrendered his teaching license.

The charges were originally filed in March after a Boyd County High School student on March 27, 2017 told a faculty member he or she had witnessed a fellow female student getting out of Sammons’ vehicle sometime after midnight the Friday prior at the Flying J Truck Stop on Route 180, according to court documents. An investigation subsequently led to the charges filed against the former teacher.

Sammons was in his first year as a mathematics teacher and coach at Boyd County when the incident occurred. He had been a teacher and coach for more than 20 years, having previously worked in Greenup and Portsmouth, Ohio.



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